Two of Britain’s senior cabinet ministers resigned on Tuesday. This is a move that could mark the end of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership after a few months of scandal.
After a day when the Prime Minister had to admit that he had to change his story in a way to handle allegations of sexual misconduct by senior members of the government, Finance Secretary Rishi Sunak and the Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid resigned from each other within minutes.
“It’s a shame I have to tell you that I can’t continue to serve this government conscientiously,” Javid said in his resignation. “I’m an instinctively team player, but the British people naturally expect the government to be honest.”
“People naturally expect the government to be implemented properly, competently and seriously,” Snack said.
“I admit that this may be the job of my last minister, but I believe these standards are worth fighting, and that’s why I resign,” he added. ..
If Johnson was kicked out, both snacks and Havid have been considered possible leadership candidates within the Conservative Party. Their resignation was a big blow to the Prime Minister. Because both were responsible for the two biggest problems facing the UK today: the cost of living crisis and the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a recent scandal, Johnson was struck by allegations that he did not clean up a member appointed to a senior position despite allegations of sexual misconduct.
Johnson pressured to explain what he knew about previous allegations of illegal activity against Congressman Chris Pincher, who resigned from Deputy Leader Thursday in a complaint of groping for two men in a private club. confronting.
Minutes before the resignation of Havid and Snack was announced, Johnson told reporters that Pincher should have been dismissed by the government after the last 2019 incident.
Asked if it was a mistake to appoint Mr. Pincher to the government, Johnson said, “I think it was a mistake. I apologize. Later on, it was wrong.”
“I apologize to everyone who has been badly affected by it. I want to make it absolutely clear that this government has no place for those who are predatory or abusing their position of power.” Said.
Government explanations have changed repeatedly over the past five days. The minister initially said he was unaware of any allegations when Johnson promoted Pincher to the post in February.
On Monday, a spokesman said Johnson was aware of allegations of sexual misconduct that were “resolved or did not proceed to a formal complaint.”
The explanation was incompatible with Simon McDonald, the UK Foreign Ministry’s senior civil servant from 2015 to 2020. In a very unusual move, he said Tuesday that the Prime Minister’s Office has not yet told the truth.
McDonald’s said in a letter to parliamentary members on standards that he received complaints about Pincher’s actions in the summer of 2019, shortly after Pincher became Foreign Minister. The investigation supported the complaint and Pincher apologized for his actions, McDonald’s said.
McDonald’s argued that Johnson was unaware of the allegation, or that the allegation was dismissed because it was resolved or not formally filed.
McDonald’s mentions Prime Minister’s 10 Downing Street, writing that “the original 10 is not true and the fix is not yet accurate.” “Mr. Johnson was directly informed about the start and results of the investigation.
Hours after McDonald’s comment came out, Prime Minister Johnson changed his mind again, saying he had forgotten that Pincher was said to be the subject of an official complaint.
After the minister was forced to publicly announce the prime minister’s denial, the latest revelation fueled dissatisfaction within Johnson’s cabinet, but only changed the explanation the next day.
The Times of London on Tuesday released an analysis of the situation under the heading “A false claim puts Boris Johnson at risk.”
Johnson’s authority was already shaken by a vote of no confidence last month. He survived, but 41% of the Conservatives voted to dismiss him.
The prime minister’s changing reaction to months’ allegations of a government-breaking party that ultimately resulted in 126 fines, including those imposed on Johnson, fueled concerns about his leadership.
Two weeks later, Conservative candidates were badly beaten in two special elections to fill the vacant seats in Congress, increasing dissatisfaction within the Johnson Party.
When Mr. Pincher resigned from the floor leader, a key player in the party’s discipline last week, he told the prime minister the night before “drinking too much” and “confusing himself and others.” rice field.
Johnson initially refused to suspend Pincher from the Conservatives, but he forgave him after a formal complaint about the allegations of groping was filed with parliamentary authorities.
Critics suggested that the reaction was slow because Johnson didn’t want Pincher to resign from parliamentary seats and be in a position to set up a Conservative Party because of another potential special election defeat.
Even before the pincher scandal, there were swirling proposals that Johnson might soon face another vote of no confidence.
In the coming weeks, conservative lawmakers will elect new members to the committee that sets the party’s parliamentary rules. Some candidates have proposed to support changing the rules to allow another vote of no confidence vote. The existing rules require 12 months between such votes.
Conservative senior member Roger Gale, a longtime critic of Johnson, said he supported the 1922 Conservative Commission rule change.
“Mr. Johnson has sent a minister (in some cases a cabinet minister) to lie on his behalf to defend the defenseless people for three days. It is unacceptable to continue. “Gale told the BBC. “This Prime Minister has ruined the reputation of a proud and prestigious party for honesty and dignity, and it is unacceptable.”
https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-07-05/world-news/Two-key-UK-Cabinet-ministers-quit-Boris-Johnson-s-government-6736244248 Two key ministers of the British Cabinet resign from the Boris Johnson administration